The Bridge

Kathy and I visited Sydney in 2010 for a weekend of sensations, smells, pints (beer) and an iconic Bridge Climb – an awesome way to see the sights and extended Sydney skyline. The unfortunate thing with the Bridge Climb is one was not permitted to take a camera, phone – even a hat unless the latter was hooked to the rather stylish space-mission jumpsuit we were instructed to slip on before being given the word to go. So just like the olden days before cameras were invented, we could look, appreciate but take only memories, apart from a couple of happy snaps provided by our guide for an extra charge of course. We noticed SHE was allowed to take a camera!

Back to the Bridge: a steel arch monolith built in 1932 and influenced by New York City’s Hell Gate Bridge, Sydney Harbour Bridge held the title of the world’s widest long spanning arch bridge until Vancouver’s Port Mann Bridge was completed in 2012 and knocked her off the perch. A closer study of the bridge’s construction shows an awesome agglomeration of angles, spans, curves, bearings, trusses, pylons, tracks, bolts (big – and I mean REALLY BIG bolts) and … you get the picture.

It is a veritable photographer, or artist’s, delight.

Standing in the shadow of the Bridge at Dawes Point Park, I took a series of images, each one seemingly more interesting and different from the previous. Then we climbed the 292′ (89m) granite pylon and I snapped studies from another perspective. The next day we enjoyed a blustery chopper ride which flew us over the structure for yet another gobsmacking viewpoint.

After a couple of well earned pints (back on terra firma now) I said to Kathy; ‘I’m going to create a series of art studies titled ‘The Bridge Series.’

And, so I did. Several of the works to date have appeared in a Tasmanian art exhibition, and once I have created ten or twelve pieces I will push for a dedicated exhibition in its own right.

The works shown are available for sale as limited edition prints on Hahnemühle Digital FineArt papers. Visit